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Versatile Infielders Are Baseball’s Secret Weapon

Ordinarily, a rookie season like the one Jake Cronenworth enjoyed would be enough to guarantee him a regular job. Cronenworth posted a slash line of .285/.354/.477 in 2020, good for an OPS+ of 130, while playing primarily second base for San Diego, along with some fill-in at shortstop, first base and third base. But with those positions occupied by Fernando Tatís Jr., Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado, respectively, second base looked...

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Manny Machado Signs Biggest Free Agent Contract in U.S. Sports History With $300 Million Deal With Padres

Baseball powerhouse Manny Machado is signing the biggest free-agent contract in the history of American sports Tuesday, joining the San Diego Padres for a whopping $300 million. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report that Machado, 26, would be joining the Padres Followed by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand’s confirmation that the $300 million deal is for 10 years with a fifth-season opt-out. (Both journalists credited each other for...